Senior Jamaal David complains, “the team is a joke and they are disrespecting the basketball community.” Jamaal is upset with the prospect that the this new team will disgrace the years of work put into building up the Bullis program.
“The girls should expect a defeated season this year because I don't see them winning a single game,” Jamaal told me.
Why all the fuss? It’s not so hard to see after talking to Lily and Lara the other day. When asked about her basketball experience Lily referenced the middle school days… of B team. On the other hand Lara is very experienced… in english net ball.
So they may not be the most experienced, but their basketball knowledge is impressive. When I asked Lily what her favorite basketball move was she didn't hesitate to say, “Troy Bolton’s in between the leg thing.” I’d say that is pretty solid.
All jokes aside their intentions are honest. The girls are using the season as a chance to get motivated and active. Lily, for example, is running her first half marathon in the spring and is using the daily practices to prepare. The idea of getting fit led to me to ask why not any other activity offered in the winter, for example, the newly popular yoga.The girls responded by talking about the benefits of being on a team. Yet, both Lily and Lara were honest when they agreed, “it would have been selfish of us to take advantage of being seniors and join varsity.” In this aspect, the girls are, dare I say it, doing the varsity team a favor.
It may seem as if Lily and Lara are out of their element, but they were adamant that this years team will work everyday and play their hardest throughout the season. Lara even said, “I expect the team will go undefeated… for as long as possible.” In the end hard work and commitment is all you can ask for from any team member.
Personally, I support this years team. Bullis prides itself on being a place where every student can thrive and take advantage of their opportunities. Why shouldn’t these girls take advantage of the season to get in shape and further their athletic abilities. It won’t be easy, but they will learn, and run, a lot. Power to them for taking a risk.